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Mood Music 1 composed by Glen Smith was written in September 1973. It is a programatic work in six movements, the titles of each of the movements and explanations are as follows:

  • 1. Fanfare For A Lady in Curlers: adapted by the 'new' U.S. Army as their 'call to brunch'.
  • 2. Alma's Mother: a complete musical biography depicting the life of Sigmund Freud.
  • 3. Who's In There Anyway?: an attempt at the creation of a tonal hemisphere.
  • 4. Catchy Tune: the sort of thing you would whistle walking down the street if you could.
  • 5. Passaosticone: an obscure Baroque form which might have replaced the fugue were it not for an accident.
  • 6. Humorous But Flashy Ending: the title of the sixth movement.

The compositional procedure used in this work was as follows: the work is based on the letter Z which can be substituted for any other letter of the alphabet corresponding to the notes of the musical scale except E-flat. Thus, the first score looked like a long chain of ZZZZZZZZ"s, a thought which first came to the composer as he slept one day.

Notwithstanding the humor inherent in the movement titles, and in Mr. Smith's own notes for the composition, Mood Music 1 is considered a staple in the saxophone quartet literature. the six movements move freely through a variety of contemporary styles and techniques: from the emphasis of timbre of the first and, particular, the fourth movements, to the rhythmic complexities of the third movement, and to the elements of jazz and rock in the fifth and sixth movements. Mr. Smith's understanding of the saxophone quartet medium is evident throughout the composition.

Glen Smith was born in Alameda, California in 1946. He earned his B.A. degree in bassoon and hsi M>A> degree in theory and composition from California State College at Hayward. He has studied composition with Bernard Heiden and Fred Fox and in 1973 received his Doctorate of Music degree in composition from the Indiana University School of Music. --Lori Rosenbauer Huff 15:11, April 1, 2007 (EDT)

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